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COVID-19 restrictions eased for vaccinated starting on Tues. Updated: 2021-06-01 06:59:08 KST

South Korea now has more than 5.4 million people who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and health authorities are gradually easing some of the social distancing restrictions for those who are vaccinated beginning today.
For more, we have our Choi Won-jong on the line for us.
Won-jong, tell us more about these incentives.


Morning, Mok-yeon.
South Korea's health authorities will provide some incentives for those who've been vaccinated.
Starting on Tuesday, people in South Korea who've had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can meet up for gatherings with immediate family members beyond the current limit of eight people.
That means if five people in a family have received their first doses up to thirteen family members can meet up.
At nursing homes, face-to-face visits are allowed if either the patient or visitor has completed their vaccination.
The authorities are also giving some discounts on tickets to national parks and a few other public facilities.
Plus, starting Tuesday, centers for senior citizens will open their doors for those who've already had their jabs.


Won-jong, along with Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, we heard that there will be new COVID-19 vaccines introduced for the first time in South Korea this week. Tell us about the new options?


Mok-yeon.
The first batch of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in South Korea today, one day later than scheduled.
The authorities said Tuesday that more than 55-thousand doses from Moderna will touch down in Incheon this afternoon around 2 PM.
Starting the middle of June, medical workers under 30 will be eligible for the Moderna vaccine.
Johnson and Johnson's Janssen vaccine will also arrive in Seoul on a South Korean aircraft this Saturday.
Over 1 million doses of the vaccine will be available for reservists, members of the civil defense and those related to the country's defense and foreign affairs over the age of 30.
First-come, first-served reservations already kicked off early Tuesday morning, but actual inoculations will take place on June 10th.


Won-jong, can you also tell us what is South Korea's vaccination rate as of today as well as Tuesday's COVID-19 confirmed cases?


Sure.
As of Tuesday, more than 5.7 million people in South Korea have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines that's over 11 percent of the population
And vaccine batches, like Moderna and Janssen, are set to arrive.
Meanwhile, the authorities reported 4-hundred 59 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday staying in the 400s for the third day in a row.
All but 10 were locally transmitted.
The nation's total number of cases now stands at over 140-thousand.
That's all I have for you right now, I'll be back for a later newscast.
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